Nominations open for UGA’s Fulfilling the Dream Awards

Nominations open for UGA's Fulfilling the Dream Awards

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia is accepting nominations for the 2009 President’s Fulfilling the Dream Awards through Dec. 2. The awards will be presented at the sixth annual Freedom Breakfast on Jan. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

The theme for the 2009 Freedom Breakfast is “The Power of the Dream: Becoming an Agent for Change,” and award winners will be individuals from throughout Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas who have made significant efforts to build bridges of unity and understanding. The keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who is also a civil rights activist.

Nominations should be based on significant contributions an individual has made toward the spirit of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday: Equal opportunity and justice for all.

Nomination packets should contain a letter of nomination, which includes the nominee’s name, address and telephone number; a description of the nominee’s acts supporting the application of King’s ideology and leadership; and two letters of recommendation.

The Awards Selection Committee will consider each nominee’s work in the areas of infusing King’s teachings into the course of daily living and instruction; utilizing his philosophy to reduce tensions, resolve conflict and foster goodwill; promoting the spirit of King’s example of volunteerism and citizenship to address critical issues and problems; and significant efforts to use his teachings of social justice and equity to build bridges of unity and understanding.

Nominations should be sent to the Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia, c/o Awards Selection Committee, 119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Bldg., Athens, Ga. 30602-6119.

The Freedom Breakfast, sponsored by the university along with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, commemorates King’s life by providing fellowship and honoring community members who strive to make his dream for equality a reality.

Freedom Breakfast tickets are $18 each or $162 for a table of nine. Ticket request forms are available by contacting UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity. The deadline for submitting ticket request forms is Dec. 19. After that date, all tickets must be purchased in the OID. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. Seating is limited. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Diversity at 706/583-8195 or 706/425-3099.